We all know that you should watch what you eat and drink when you are traveling, and try to get a decent amount of rest to ward of any illnesses that you may be more susceptible to in a new environment. However, you (or, more importantly, your kids), may still get sick while you are on the road. I just got diagnosed with whooping cough (thankfully while I was at home), and it got me thinking - what would we do if TJ fell seriously ill or got hurt on a trip?
I've always had our pediatrician's phone number in our cell phone, but to have all bases covered, you should really write down (this is especially important if you are in a foreign country) the following emergency information, and keep it with you in a convenient location for every trip you take:
- Your/your spouse's name and your children's names, address, and phone number
- Blood types
- Your doctor/pediatrician's name, address, office phone number and emergency number
- Name, address, and phone number of your health insurance carrier, and your policy number
- Chronic health problems. For example, if your child has asthma or diabetes.
- Current medications your family members are taking.
- Allergies to medications and/or food.
- The name, address, and phone number of an emergency contact person.
While we all hope we'll never have to visit a hospital in any city other than our own backyard, the risk is certainly there when you travel. Better be safe than sorry - tuck away this information in your suitcase, and then go have fun!